Friday, March 28, 2014

Pet Parade Extraordinaire and Awards to Share

   I am so excited to announce that I have been invited to become a co-host on the Pet parade Blog hop!  My cat friends, Rascal and Rocco, Jan’s Funny Farm, and Basil the Bionic Cat have previously hosted it.  Although there are dogs living with some of these bloggers, they are mainly cat blogs.  Of course, they love cats, but they wanted some dogs to bark with them.  Bentley and I were so honored to be asked to join in the co-hosting duties with Jenna from Love is being ownedby a Husky.  We promise not to chase the kitties, although we will happily follow them!
   The Pet Parade is one of the blogs that I see on Fridays and think, darn, I missed it
"I knew that we'd get another
chance to wear our Mardi Paws
Parade costumes!"
again!  I didn’t realize that you could hop in the Parade any day Friday through Thursday.  That means that if you normally join in another hop on Fridays, you can still join the Pet Parade.  This is how you do it…first, there are no rules to follow, no specific topics, and you can join in with your cat, dog, hog, or frog blog!  That’s right, we accept all critters!  You post your daily post or one of your favorites from previous days, weeks, or months.  Then, select a great photo to post.  Your hosts along with many of the parade participants will post your photo to Pinterest.  You can add your favorite Social Media sites and we will follow you there, too!  It is an awesome way to get your blog, along with your pet seen and to gain new followers.  When I joined last week, I immediately gained new Twitter and Instagram friends.  So don’t be shy, after all, everyone LOVES a Pet Parade!  Thanks again for allowing me to be a part of this great blog hop!

   I have a few more thanks to express for some great friends.  If you are a loyal reader of Oz the Great & Power Terrier, then you may have seen that he wrote a limerick for Bentley.  It was so fun and Bentley couldn’t have been prouder!  We love Oz and send our limerick love to him!  If for some crazy reason, you can’t find Oz, just follow this Yellow Link Road!
   We also received our Unbreakoball from the contest on Dogs ‘N PawzI selected the 10” Big Daddy bright orange ball!  The boys are having a blast rolling and chasing it around.  Pierre hasn’t even put a single tooth mark on it.  Thanks so much to Lisa Brown at Dogs ‘N Pawz and the great folks at Unbreakoball!  If your dog loves to play ball, but is a bit rough, you will love this ball!
   Jenna from Love is being owned by a Husky awarded us the Sunshine Award!  It was funny, because I wrote to tell her that I was giving her the same award!  Basically, we gave each other some sunshine!  Jenna has been a great source of help for me and we often bounce ideas off each other.  She explained that in bestowing the award that we could choose which rules to follow.  I choose mine, which is to smile and say “Thank you, Jenna!”
   Now, I get to spread some more sunshine to ten other bloggers!  Woo Hoo!  It seems like an easy task to select ten blogs that brighten my day.  It is not.  I follow so many blogs and they each make me smile.  If I don’t award you one today, know that you still brighten my day.  I am selecting blogs that I have not awarded before.  I hope these blogs enjoy a bit of spring sunshine in their day!
1.     2 Brown Dawgs
6.    Heartprint Pets
7.    Lola the Pitty

If you aren’t familiar with these terrific pet bloggers, take a moment and click on their link.  Like me, you’ll become an instant fan!  
I am stepping outside the pet blog box to give an extra award to Leiah Cooper.  She is a book review blogger and editor.  If any of you are looking for an excellent editor, I certainly recommend her services.

So there you have it, my thanks, and my awards.  Now, don’t hesitate to join in the Pet Parade.  Remember, you don’t have to play an instrument or twirl a baton…there isn’t even any marching in straight lines required!  Although, if you have taught your pets to do any of those parade things, you are definitely at the right hop!
**Don't forget to enter for your chance to win a bag of Petbrosia dog food! Click contest tab above.

Pet Parade- Animals are taking over. #PetBloggers grow and share with us!

Welcome to the

~Brand Spankin' New~

Pet Parade Blog Hop!


What's so new and exciting about it?

You'll see we've added, not one, but two new fabulous co-hosts! And They're Dogs!

How could Rascal and Rocco allow that, you might ask? Jan's clan may have had some influence on him, but Max is tired of being trampled over and wants his pup friends to feel comfortable joining in the fun. He's finally taken a stand and put his foot down. He even got himself into the new badge for the Pet Parade, so update your side bars and/or hop pages. I hope the cats don't mangle him too badly for it. I'll keep you posted on his mortality.

Here you'll grow followers, get views, comments, and grow your favorite social media, as well!  

Best of all, make new friends and find great blogs to read!

  All your posts will be pinned to Pinterest

& we encourage you to pin some or even all!

Link your favorite social media below the main hop to get followers where you need them and follow a few yourself. 

Check back next week to see if you are the featured favorite! 

Brought to you by

Rascal and Rocco

Rascal and Rocco's Pet Parade Blog Hop

Jan's Funny Farm  &   Basil the Bionic Cat

and now also brought to you by:

Love is Being Owned by a Husky & Barking from the Bayou

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Blind Murdock pet portrait by Emma Kaufmann 

What a gorgeous portrait she did of Blind Murdock! If you haven't heard of Emma Kaufmann, go over and check out her work. She specializes in pet portraits and is just amazing.

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  1. Hi Y'all!

    I just stopped by to tell y'all to the Sunshine Award was waiting for y'all at my place...Just goes to show how deservin' y'all are of lots of Sunshine! Now you've got at least 2! Congratulations!

    Y'all come on by now!
    Hawk aka BrownDog

    1. Thanks Hawk! We love awards, the more the merrier! It was super nice of you to think of us! : )

  2. Hi there my fellow co host! BOL!
    Great blogs you passed your award onto! I know and read almost all of them.
    Your limerick was great! Oz does such a fantastic job!!!
    Have a great weekend!

    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

    1. I am so tickled to be a part of the Pet Parade! Yes, Oz is a limerick genius! I was so surprised to have one for Bentley.

  3. Welcome to the Pet Parade as co-host. We're all glad to have you.

    1. Thanks Jan! I'm so happy to be a part of the hop and you know how much I adore your gang from the Funny Farm!

  4. Great list of awards , we love them all , beautiful and interesting blogs

    1. Thanks, there are so many amazing blogs that I could list my favorites for days!

  5. Lots of action on you blog today. Have fun co hosting! We will have to see about joining in now and then. Have fun with your ball...don't break a tooth trying to chew it ;)

    1. It is our first co-hosting gig and we are thrilled! We love our unbreakoball. Ours doesn't have any snow to fill it up so we can really play hard with it!

  6. Fantastic post! Congrats on the award, how funny you both sent it to each other. Great minds think alike. And thanks so much for sending it on to me! Woohoo!! Loving having you as a co-host on the Pet Parade! Have fun with that ball! If only they made them sturdy like that when I had my big dog. ~Rascal and Rocco

    1. Thanks for allowing me to join in the Pet Parade! I don't think a Mac truck could break that ball! (or a Westie named Pierre the toy killer!)

  7. Excited to that you and JMD are cohosting the Pet Parade :) Congrats Melissa!

    1. Thanks Ruckus! You know we love your hops and I'm glad that they don't conflict!

  8. Thank you so much! I am honored!

  9. Congrats on your award, and on your new co-hosting duties! This is a cool hop, there is a lot to it, so we will have to join in sometimes. It's nice to see cats and dogs co-existing peacefully! LOL
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

    1. Please join in! It is a great way to gain followers. I have gotten even more today! It is just two links instead of one so it's not difficult or time consuming! I'd love to see some wagging and woofing!

  10. Wow, we're honored!!! Thanks for the sunshine award! We try to brighten everyone's days with our photos and such. Hope you have a great weekend!

  11. Wow! Thanks guys!! We are very honored!!
    We have gotten so many more awards than I thought my blog would ever get!!! I love your blog so so much! I try to visit everyday. But we get SO busy!!! MOL!
    Have a pawsome day and thanks for the award.
    ❀Siamese Smothers and Tuxie Tickles❀Happiness is Siamese!

  12. Have fun co-hosting. Congrats on your award and thanks so much for passing it along to us. We are behind on acknowledging awards. I hope to do it next week. :)

  13. So glad the boys like the Unbreakoball! Congrats on the award and it's so cool that you are co-hosting the blog hop!

  14. Thank you so very much! It means a lot! I'm looking forward to checking out the rest of the blogs listed. Thanks again!

  15. How exciting to be a co host, I guess I never seen this hop. Joining in tomorrow. Thanks!

  16. Congratulations on your award and on being a cohost! You have a great list of blogs to share the award with, too!

  17. Wow! Thanks so much! I can certainly agree with your receipt of the award!
    Thank you so much for passing it on - that's a list of great bloggers and I'm flattered to be included among them!

  18. How do you do it? Write fantastic blog posts, take fantastic photos, find time to pass on awards and now co-host a blog hop? I need lessons from you :) Congratulations on your well deserved Sunshine Award and thank you so much passing it on to me. I also am flattered to be included amongst such awesome blogs. I still haven't done a blog post about the last award you gave me .... I am thinking about it though! My work has slowed down at last and now I'm up to my eyes with stripping wallpaper and painting while I've got a bit of down time. It never ends, lol! I need to allocate myself a catchup blogging day.


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